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A Passion for Flight: New Zealand Aviation Before the Great War: Volume Three - the Joe Hammond Story and Military Beginnings 1910-1914

A Passion for Flight: New Zealand Aviation Before the Great War: Volume Three - the Joe Hammond Story and Military Beginnings 1910-1914
 

Volplane Press in association with the Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand is proud to announce publication of the final volume of A PASSION FOR FLIGHT, a history of New Zealand aviation before the Great War of 1914-1918. Whereas Volume Two of A Passion For Flight concent... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780473264246
Barcode 9780473264246
Published 1 November 2013 by Volplane Press
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Martyn, Errol W.
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ISBN-13 9780473264246
ISBN-10 0473264242
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Volplane Press
Imprint Volplane Press
Publication Date 1 November 2013
International Publication Date 28 November 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Martyn, Errol W.
Category History
Australasian & Pacific History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Military Vehicles
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 180mm
Height: 240mm
Weight 651g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Volplane Press in association with the Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand is proud to announce publication of the final volume of A PASSION FOR FLIGHT, a history of New Zealand aviation before the Great War of 1914-1918.
Whereas Volume Two of A Passion For Flight concentrated on civil aviation during 1910-1914, this third and final volume focuses primarily on the military aspect.
Also presented for the first time is a full and long overdue account of the remarkable career of Feilding-born Joseph Joel ('Joe') Hammond, the most prominent and successful New Zealand aviator of the period but who is now largely forgotten. Hammond was the first British Colonial to obtain an aviator's certificate. He made pioneering flights in Australia, including the first military-related flights there, was an early member of the Royal Flying Corps, a flying instructor, test pilot, and a member of the British Aviation Mission to the USA in 1918.
Of the New Zealand inventors who began to turn their attention to aircraft for military purposes, the most remarkable was undoubtedly electrical engineer Alban Roberts. His experiments with remote control devices for torpedoes and aeroplanes are also described, as are his two airships, one built in England and the other in Australia.
A detailed account of New Zealand's pre-war approach to military aviation development explains why a cautious policy was adopted and how progress was limited in large part by the government's 1909 decision to create a large territorial force and to introduce compulsory military training. Also recorded are those New Zealanders who learned to fly abroad while serving with the British or Indian armies.
The depth of research undertaken for A Passion for Flight can be gauged by the fact that the complete trilogy runs to over 700 pages and includes a remarkable collection of more than 500 illustrations. Such is the extent of this hitherto largely unrecognised contribution to our aviation history.
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